Laura is a community organizer and changemaker, focused on delivering positive environmental and social change. She holds a Magisteriate in Environmental Studies from York University specialized in environmental education and community arts. She has worked in gardens, galleries, and along river banks to connect people with a strong sense of place.
An adept non-profit leader, Laura founded Toronto’s Not Far From The Tree, an award-winning charitable initiative to pick fruit growing in backyards and transform it into a shared public good. While at the helm of Food For All New Brunswick, she built a robust network to activate and amplify food security.
As the Riverkeeper, Laura speaks for the river, advocating for its protection and health. She leads a team of dedicated individuals that work strategically to advocate, educate, and ensure the Ottawa River watershed is swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.